Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)

Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)

Hosap Castle (Hosap Kalesi)
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Erhan Yildirim
By Erhan Yildirim
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5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2021
HOSAP CASTLE It is located in Hoşap (Güzelsu) on the Van-Hakkari highway in the Gürpınar district of Van. Hoşap is 60 km from Van and 40 km from Gürpınar district center. The castle, which was built on a steep and steep rock mass in the northwest of Hoşap Water, consists of the inner castle and the outer castle to the north. The castle, which dates back to the Urartu State in terms of its past, has survived to the present day as it was built by Mahmudi Beys subject to the Ottoman Empire. The foundation stones of the Hoşap Castle entrance bastion bear the characteristics of Urartu masonry. The medieval fortress of the 17th century has largely destroyed and closed the Urartian ruins. It is certain that the stone blocks on the wall foundations to the north of the entrance bastion belong to the Urartu period in terms of workmanship. It is understood that the entrance to the medieval castle was completely new, but the steps and corridors carved into the bedrock after the gate are again from the Urartu period. The road first follows the Hoşap Cayı Valley. In this case, Hoşap Castle must be under control of one of the important passages on this road. According to the inscription on the entrance gate of the inner castle, it was built by Mahmudi Süleyman Bey in H. 1052 (1643 AD). The outer fortress walls are surrounded by walls encompassing the east, north and west, shaped according to the structure of the land. The eastern walls are partially destroyed, and the western ones are largely destroyed. Some of the bastions supporting the walls have survived, and the east and west gates are completely destroyed. There is a watchtower to the northeast of the outer castle. It contains the ruins of a mosque and village houses today. The inner fortress was built on a steep mass from the south and sloping from the north. Fortified with fortification walls, bastions and towers from the north, east and west, and a second fortification was built to the northeast. The castle is entered through a door opened to the entrance bastion located near the center on the north side. The inscription, blind window and lion reliefs on the west side of the sign, arranged as a crown door, provide a certain dynamism. In addition, the original iron door wings still function. Inside, there are complex structures called Mahmudi Palace. These are listed on the south side of the castle. There is a viewing pavilion at the top and east, the harem just west of it and the selamlik at the far west end. Masjid, dungeon, oven and cistern are other structures of the inner castle. XIX. The castle, which was abandoned in the middle of the century, has come to the present day largely intact with its buildings. For this reason, it is one of the remarkable symbolic structures of the region. After the Neolithic period, the Hurri-Mittani Kingdom, Urartians, Medes and Persians dominated Hoşap, for a long time under the control of Vaspurakan, one of the satraps of Armenia, with a semi-independent administration. Conquered by the Seljuk prince Melik Shah in 1064 and in 1100 In Hoşap, which came under the rule of Ahlatşah dynasty, later Eyyubians, Anatolian Seljuks, Ilkhanit and XIV. Karakoyunlu reigned since the middle of the century. The castle was ruled by mahmudi beys who migrated from cizre or candlestick since the 16th century. They were administered by the ruler of Karakoyunlu, Kara Yusuf. The period of the mahmuds ended with the Tanzimat decree, and it became a town in the province of van. Suitable for the four-stage construction of the inner castle, the first level consists of a selamlik, a mosque and a dungeon, the second level is a bathhouse, the third level is the harem, and the fourth level is a viewing pavilion and a bey's bath. At the highest point of the inner castle, a viewing pavilion was established at a point dominating the view. The castle consists of 2 parts as an outer and inner castle. There is a mosque in the outer part of the castle. The entrance to the inner castle part is provided from the door inside the bastion in the north direction. Another gate of the inner castle is located in the east part. It is reached by steps carved into the rock. the iron door that provides it has preserved all its glory for centuries. At the top of the castle, there is a viewing pavilion where the whole view can be seen. Harem and selamlık sections are the kitchen, dungeon, masjid, bathhouse, bakery ... the other parts of the castle. While Mahmudi beys were emigrating from jizre or candlestick, they belonged to the Yazidi belief and accepted the shafi and sunni sect from the 16th century on.

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Totoro M
Fukuoka, Japan44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Fantastic place to visit and an easy trip from Van.

WARNING FOR SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS --
The man who unlocked the gate acts as a guide and is touchy! He was a very skınny tall man who kept tryıng to say that he needed to be right by myside to hold me for control. You need to put hım ın hıs place from the begınnıng but even as I was leavıng he was tryıng to get me to take a short cut through a path behınd the castle to the vıllage on the bottom of the hıll.
Written July 6, 2012
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
an amazing castle built to the highest, just like an eagle's nest.
The remaining traces of the castle were founded by the Urartians; Byzantium,
Vaspurakan, Abbasid, Seljuk, Ilhanli, Karakoyunlu, Akkoyunlu, and Safavid
It was used during the periods; The last form of the Ottoman state, the Mahmudi
made by Sarı Süleyman in the tribal lords
Written September 16, 2019
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Benrett
Sydney, Australia67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hoşap Castle is a relatively easy destination to reach and is worth the effort. There is a Metro Tourizm office in southern, central Van on Cumhuriyet Caddesi a couple 100m past the Van Tourism Office. I unfortunately cannot find a street number for the Metro office. But they sold me a ticket to Güzelsu for 5 TL and pointed me to the correct bus. I did have to wait 30 minutes until the bus was full before they would depart. though they should let you know when you have arrived at your final destination.

A word of warning though is that when I visited in October 2009, the Hoşap castle was closed for excavation and restoration with no estimation as to when it will reopen. While being closed I do think it is think it is a worthwhile visit just to take in the views, the landscape and the atmosphere. The town of Güzelsu is the official name of Hoşap and it is definitely frontier territory. The D975 highway that runs through town is the main highway that links the region to both Iran and Iraq. There are supplies in town, mobile phone reception and it shouldn’t be too long before you find a Dolmus or a bus to return you to Van.
Written October 20, 2009
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wvzjxq
SFO311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
This place is the most fantastic castle setting anywhere. This place gives the feeling of being on the edge of the world, a crumbling structure sitting in the middle of a vast desert wilderness, high on a hill overlooking emptiness. It's full of fairytale atmosphere. It was the last caravan stop in the Ottoman Empire before going into the wilderness of the Silk Road, or the first hint of civilization coming in from the Silk Road. The central tower looks like the castle from the first Lord of the Rings where the group got attacked by the Witch Kings at night in a castle. The site is free for now. So few tourists come here that the castle is locked except when tourists show up. So if you arrive and nobody is there, you should stand overlooking the village and just wave to anyone. The guard lives right at the bottom of the road going to the entrance. Whoever sees you will tell him, and he will come up to open the gate for you and be your guide, and also make sure you don't damage anything or kill yourself falling over a cliff. If you go during the summer, the site should be filled with people restoring the castle for the next few years. Outside of that, expect to be the only person visiting the place when you're there, which is what you want.
Written April 19, 2013
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Ana_S
Andorra27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010 • Couples
Only if you are ready to walk and climb a lot! Cuneiform writing on stones is teh goal!
Written November 23, 2011
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cammerayguy
Sydney, Australia419 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
The drive from Van to Hoşap is relatively interesting - and the view of the castle in the middle of the valley as you approach is impressive. You enter the castle through a stone gateway with inscriptions - but once inside you have to clamber up a rough (and when we went muddy) slope.
The outside of the castle is much more interesting than what you find inside. But I recomend that you go inside the castle to see the view over the village and the other crumbling mud brick walls on surrounding hills.

In September 14 there was a team restoring the harem which left very little of the scant remains inside the walls to explore.
Written November 27, 2014
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Alex_JaneRu
Moscow, Russia146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Unique place located out of the beaten roads and away from tourist crowds. Well worth visiting and one of the best aincient castles I've seen.
Written July 24, 2014
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Marc M
Manchester, UK65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Solo
There's not much to see here and the attraction would have got a lower rating from me but the sight of the castle as you approach it is truly magnificent and so it gets a slightly higher score. It just doesn't live up to its promise.
Written September 26, 2013
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
HOSAP CASTLE
It is located in Hoşap (Güzelsu) on the Van-Hakkari highway in the Gürpınar district of Van. Hoşap is 60 km from Van and 40 km from Gürpınar district center. The castle, which was built on a steep and steep rock mass in the northwest of Hoşap Water, consists of the inner castle and the outer castle to the north. The castle, which dates back to the Urartu State in terms of its past, has survived to the present day as it was built by Mahmudi Beys subject to the Ottoman Empire. The foundation stones of the Hoşap Castle entrance bastion bear the characteristics of Urartu masonry. The medieval fortress of the 17th century has largely destroyed and closed the Urartian ruins. It is certain that the stone blocks on the wall foundations to the north of the entrance bastion belong to the Urartu period in terms of workmanship. It is understood that the entrance to the medieval castle was completely new, but the steps and corridors carved into the bedrock after the gate are again from the Urartu period. The road first follows the Hoşap Cayı Valley. In this case, Hoşap Castle must be under control of one of the important passages on this road. According to the inscription on the entrance gate of the inner castle, it was built by Mahmudi Süleyman Bey in H. 1052 (1643 AD). The outer fortress walls are surrounded by walls encompassing the east, north and west, shaped according to the structure of the land. The eastern walls are partially destroyed, and the western ones are largely destroyed. Some of the bastions supporting the walls have survived, and the east and west gates are completely destroyed. There is a watchtower to the northeast of the outer castle. It contains the ruins of a mosque and village houses today. The inner fortress was built on a steep mass from the south and sloping from the north. Fortified with fortification walls, bastions and towers from the north, east and west, and a second fortification was built to the northeast. The castle is entered through a door opened to the entrance bastion located near the center on the north side. The inscription, blind window and lion reliefs on the west side of the sign, arranged as a crown door, provide a certain dynamism. In addition, the original iron door wings still function. Inside, there are complex structures called Mahmudi Palace. These are listed on the south side of the castle. There is a viewing pavilion at the top and east, the harem just west of it and the selamlik at the far west end. Masjid, dungeon, oven and cistern are other structures of the inner castle. XIX. The castle, which was abandoned in the middle of the century, has come to the present day largely intact with its buildings. For this reason, it is one of the remarkable symbolic structures of the region.
After the Neolithic period, the Hurri-Mittani Kingdom, Urartians, Medes and Persians dominated Hoşap, for a long time under the control of Vaspurakan, one of the satraps of Armenia, with a semi-independent administration. Conquered by the Seljuk prince Melik Shah in 1064 and in 1100
In Hoşap, which came under the rule of Ahlatşah dynasty, later Eyyubians, Anatolian Seljuks, Ilkhanit and XIV. Karakoyunlu reigned since the middle of the century. The castle was ruled by mahmudi beys who migrated from cizre or candlestick since the 16th century. They were administered by the ruler of Karakoyunlu, Kara Yusuf. The period of the mahmuds ended with the Tanzimat decree, and it became a town in the province of van.
Suitable for the four-stage construction of the inner castle, the first level consists of a selamlik, a mosque and a dungeon, the second level is a bathhouse, the third level is the harem, and the fourth level is a viewing pavilion and a bey's bath. At the highest point of the inner castle, a viewing pavilion was established at a point dominating the view. The castle consists of 2 parts as an outer and inner castle.
There is a mosque in the outer part of the castle. The entrance to the inner castle part is provided from the door inside the bastion in the north direction. Another gate of the inner castle is located in the east part. It is reached by steps carved into the rock. the iron door that provides it has preserved all its glory for centuries.
At the top of the castle, there is a viewing pavilion where the whole view can be seen. Harem and selamlık sections are the kitchen, dungeon, masjid, bathhouse, bakery ... the other parts of the castle.
While Mahmudi beys were emigrating from jizre or candlestick, they belonged to the Yazidi belief and accepted the shafi and sunni sect from the 16th century on.
Written January 26, 2021
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SpotAres
Ottawa, Canada69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Great place and I had it all to myself. Call the number on the door if it isn’t open when you arrive. It’s exactly what one imagines a castle to be.
Written December 1, 2020
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